Key Points
  • Aggressively pursue evidence-based models that fight fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Increase the off-ramp for those who are not truly needy.
  • Regulators and elected officials integrate specific program indicators and outcomes to taxpayer dollars for public assistance.
  • Where possible, services for at-risk populations should be case managed to provide a centralized and comprehensive approach for individuals and families, allowing for less duplication and better chance for success of the individual.
  • States should encourage integrating private assistance into state operated programs, encouraging less dependency on bureaucracy and more on existing community resources.

The welfare state is larger than it has ever been in U.S. history. As Americans we spend nearly one trillion dollars a year on federal and state human services programs, yet despite public investment the poverty rate has risen to 15.1 percent. Public assistance is necessary to help those who are truly in need, however these programs are rarely called on to show effectiveness in creating true opportunities for individuals and families to escape dependence and pursue a life of success and prosperity.

At ALEC, our objective is to help states implement policy that will modernize human services programs so public investment in human services not only create opportunities for self sufficiency, but to use data metrics in state based programs to show which program operations are more effective in fighting poverty for at-risk populations.

Other common sense approaches to breaking the cycle of dependency is reducing regulatory barriers to communities and leveraging existing resources to coordinate services while also working to aggressively reduce fraud, waste and abuse.

It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats those least able to care for themselves. At ALEC, we work to foster a competitive yet compassionate society that leads each person to the dignity of work and culture of success and prosperity.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Health Care Price Disclosure Act Final

    Health Care Price Disclosure Act Summary This Act requires health care professionals to make available the “direct pay” price for at least the 25 most common services or procedures; the Act also requires health care facilities to make available the “direct pay” price for (if applicable) at least the …

  • Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Final

    Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Summary and Background On March 22, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, by a 223-181 vote.  This bill repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established in the …

  • Regional Health Care Coalition Act Sunset Review

    Regional Health Care Coalition Act Summary This Act authorizes the insurance commissioner to establish a coalition of like-minded states with reciprocity agreements for the approval, offer, sale, and rating of comprehensive major medical health insurance plans.  The coalition would also adopt an alternative approval process for such plans. Model …

  • Health Freedom Compact Act Final

    Findings and Declaration of Policy (A)  Unites States Code Section 112 gives Congressional consent “to any two or more states to enter into agreements or compacts for cooperative effort and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of their respective criminal laws and policies, …

  • Resolution on the Tax and Fiscal Effects of Medicaid Expansion

    Summary This resolution memorializes the harmful fiscal effects of Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, and commends the 21 states that have rejected ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.   Resolution WHEREAS, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) permit states to voluntarily opt …

  • Resolution on Cord and Placenta Blood Banking and Research

    Summary This resolution recognizes the need for increased public awareness about the use and research of umbilical cord blood and placenta blood banking to provide treatment options for debilitating or terminal diseases, and encourages ongoing research and private enterprise.   Model Resolution WHEREAS, Research continues to show umbilical cord blood and …

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Task Forces

Health and Human Services

There is no sector of our economy where the hand of government is more evident than in health care. Half …

Press Releases

  • New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Dental Industry image

    New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Dental Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Taylor McCarty [email protected] 571-482-5023 Arlington, VA (February 28, 2017) – Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), …

  • New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry image

    New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ashley Pratte [email protected]   Arlington, VA (January 11, 2017) – Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of prescription drugs have …

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